He Dwells Among Us

Bishop Richard F. Stika's Blog


by bishopstika on February 4, 2013

Bishop Stika and Cardinal Rigali with Bob Newhart

Bishop Stika and Cardinal Rigali with Bob Newhart

This past Friday (February 1) I had the great experience of hosting Mr. Bob Newhart for dinner at my residence. It was truly a memorable night to share a meal with this very iconic figure in American entertainment. He is indeed a great gentleman who kept the entire group entertained both with his humor as well as sharing stories about so many icons of television and movies. He spoke about his friendships with Groucho and Harpo Marx, Stan Laurel and Johnny Carson. He spoke about his favorite shows and the great ensemble that he was privileged to work with throughout his two productions.

He also spoke about his faith and how it influenced his life. Bob is dedicated to living out his faith as a Catholic and shared stories about certain priests and religious who were influential in his life. He spoke about his wife with whom he just celebrated 50 years of marriage. He spoke about his children and grandchildren who often had great difficulty in trying to understand how grandpa can be contained in the box that is called a television.

The characteristic that I immediately noticed was that in person he was also the same character that he presented on his television shows. It seems that by being Bob he was also the Bob that so many have come to love throughout the years!

Bob was in Knoxville to entertain members of the community at the grand Tennessee Theater.

It is refreshing to know that in the world of Hollywood there are still men and women of faith!

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Arthur J Stika May 10, 2013 at 6:42 am

To Bishup Richard Stika;
I am writing because of the same last name. We live in NE Iowa.
We will be celebreting our 50 wedding annversary this comming
4th of June 2013. Their will be a mass for us at the St. Benedicts
Catholic Church here in Decorah, Iowa by Paster Phillip Gibbs on
Sunday June 2 at the 10 AM mass. Than in afternoon their will be
an open house from 1PM till 5 in Spillville, Iowa.

Mr. & Mrs Arthur J Stika & Rosiemarie A Stika
It would be nice for you Bishup Stika to attend the mass that day
but you have another comitment that day and the distence is
too far.
Anyway to it is a coinsidance to us because of our last name.

Art & Rosie Stika
Our address is
1686 Old Stage RD
Decorah, Iowa 52101


Leave a Comment